Hibs manager Jack Ross says he hopes that football never finds itself in this predicament again as the fixture fallout continues.
The SPFL season has been left hanging by a thread as the Covid-19 pandemic grips the globe. Already Scottish football has been suspended for an indefinite period and who knows when it’ll be back.
Hibs’ boss has shared his thoughts on the situation. Ross reckons it’s going to be an uphill battle in regards to getting all the games done.
“My gut feeling is that it will be very difficult to fulfil the remaining fixtures in the time frame to the end of the current season,” he told BBC Sportsound. “It will be nigh-on impossible if you look at the way the advice is going for what we need to do as a society to control this virus.
“How we manage the fall out of that will not be easy. There will be some people unhappy with the choices made but I think it is a time for taking a step back and realising it is of secondary importance. I don’t really know what the best answer is. I don’t have a strong opinion because I’ve tried to step back and take a broader view.
“People might say I’m sitting on the fence because we’re sixth in the table. But we’ve still got a Scottish Cup semi-final and have an outside chance of finishing in a European position, so there is a lot selfishly for us to play for.
“But I don’t have a strong opinion because whatever decision is made, some people will be unhappy. It’s very much unprecedented circumstances and ones I hope we never end up in again.”
Echoes the view of many
Ross has on his mind what many people will. How do you sort an unprecedented circumstance in such a way that everyone comes out it with a smile on their face?
Sadly, it just isn’t possible. Some clubs will face hardship if they weren’t already as a result of this. Loss of gate money won’t be the only problem if teams like Hearts, Partick Thistle, Stranraer and Brechin all face relegation.
These are uncertain times where many are worried for their health and wellbeing. Football might be a small issue in the grand scheme of things, but several people rely on these clubs for many reasons.